|Cellular - EP [kpu001] - Cellular|
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres...
Downloads: 7,079 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Mai EP [kpu048] - Dub Jay|
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some of...
Downloads: 12,039 (4 reviews)
|Bubblegone - Somewhere Between Summer and Winter [kpu089] - bubblegone|
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context...
|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 46,107 (2 reviews)
|Overdose Kunst - Autopoiesis [kpu104] - Overdose Kunst|
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed.
Keywords: experimental; abstract; noise; ambient
Downloads: 4,688 (2 reviews)
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,218 (1 review)
|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 82,277 (5 reviews)
|litmus0001 - great [kpu069] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the surface...
Downloads: 2,283 (1 review)
|adcBicycle - EP [kpu094] - adcBicycle|
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener...
Keywords: idm; electronic; post-rock
Downloads: 24,580 (6 reviews)
|raemus - Sp*m Filt_er [kpu071] - raemus|
raemus's music explores the relationship between composer and automated composition system. Using personal software created in Max/MSP, tendencies are determined, but musical details are decided by the system in a realtime improvisation. Sp*m Filt_er are a series of works that explore more melodic and harmonic relationships than previous works. Several automated players" explore similar material in different ways...
|Stryph - No Rush EP [kpu020] - Stryph|
Niklas Winde has produced exclusively for Kikapu a magnificent EP of original tracks. Everything here has a kind of 'old-school analog' vibe to it. You'll see what we mean. These tracks delve into what we here at Kikapu like to call the 'glory years' of techno - somewhere in the time period of the late 80's and early 90's. Experiments ranging from techno to minimalistics to electro make up this diversified release...
|off land - apt path [kpu102] - off land|
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7...
Keywords: ambient; minimal; abstract; experimental; remixes
Downloads: 6,562 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Songs For A Room [kpu055] - Dub Jay|
Warren Sulcs is following up his highly successful past Kikapu release with this new four-track EP of mellow ambience. Stylistically different, yet artistically similar, these new tracks show a different side to Dub Jay than what Kikapu listeners have experienced in the past; this time around the focus is on experimental textures wrapped around ambient rhythms and synthetic pads. Entirely beautiful throughout, we hope everyone grabs these new tracks from Dub Jay.
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient
Downloads: 4,202 (2 reviews)
|Mystified and Dan Minoza - The Pipers of Pluto [kpu113] - Mystified and Dan Minoza|
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting experience - the musicianship ...
|Aplink - Galatea Galante / Four-hour Fugue [kpu090] - Aplink|
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all.
Keywords: Ambient; Drone; Electronic; Experimental
Downloads: 2,607 (2 reviews)
|Eleventy-One - Random Sampling [kpu051] - Eleventy-One|
A few months ago we received a somewhat random email from Steve Chatterton, who goes by the guise of Eleventy-One, who mentioned to us that he was finishing up a new project that was of great interest to us here at Kikapu. The material presented here in this eight-track EP represents an incredibly original approach to an almost academic sound: that of sampling and mixing Bach fugues to the near point of being unrecognizable...
|Nick Cramer - Barren [kpu010] - Nick Cramer|
We celebrate our tenth release at Kikapu by offering another gem by our official space cadet Nick Cramer. This new EP shows that Nick is consistently one step ahead of the ambient and psychedelic sound with his own brand of space music with hints of jazzy breakbeats and dreamy atmospheric pads. It appears that San Francisco really is the hub of our galaxy.
|V/A - Kikapu Gold Standard [kpu050] - v/a|
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Winnie The Shit - Easy [kpu105] - Winnie The Shit|
file under: dubstep techno, breakbeats, more fun than should be legally possible Today marks the return of the one and only Winnie The Shit! And he's dropping a full-length album no less! His new album is entitled 'Easy' and is a bit of a more subdued affair than his previous release with us. This new one is at times more mellow, with a heavy focus on dubstep and techno, all while keeping it's eyes squared fixedly on insanely wonderful breakbeats...
Keywords: dubstep; techno; breakbeat; drum n' bass; drill n' bass; mellow; down tempo
Downloads: 7,769 (2 reviews)
|V/A - Kikapu Live Sets [kpu030] - v/a|
A small collective of Kikapu artists spent a few weekends together in November of 2002 playing live shows across the midwest. We brought along our not-so-trusty Minidisc recorder to capture the moment in time for those of you not able to make the shows. Below are a few of the live sets that were successfully recorded; all of these sets were recorded live at Cicero's in St. Louis, MO on Nov. 9, 2002...
|Glomag - The Axis And The Alloy [kpu029] - Glomag|
Glomag is Chris Burke, a sound and web designer based in New York City. His first Kikapu release, "The Axis and The Alloy," is a series of fragmentations in which the original sample material is sometimes glimpsed only fleetingly, and sometimes left standing unscathed in the midst of new electronic constructions. Chris Burke's previous work with his band Glorified Magnified and his solo releases "Idioglossia" and "Oil War" were the breeding ground from which this more fragmented style emerges...
|Eight BT - The 2.06 Minutes Man [kpu019] - Eight BT|
Take the 60's, make it in the 70's, flip out at the 80's, divide the 90's, mix it with the 21st century and you will get: *voila* electronical-tv-game-life-influenced-retro/new-pop-muziq. Video game music producer Leon Wolczynski kicks it from Sweden in pure 8-bit fashion on his first Kikapu release. He reminds you to look back on your youth, and dance...
|Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner - Second Week of the Second Month [kpu107] - Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner|
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source.
Keywords: ambient; dark ambient; abstract; drone; experimental; guitar
|Kikapu Podcast 006 - Winterstrand|
This podcast is an original one-hour mix from the brothers Winterstrand, featuring tracks previously released at Kikapu and other labels, as well as a slew of new and previously unreleased tracks.
|sieve - pain scale [kpu098] - sieve|
The third(!)EP from Sieve is now available just in time for the dark, cold nights of the autumn and winter seasons. Seven more tracks of brutal dub-step and industrial mayhem, this one pounces on you and doesn't let go.
Downloads: 2,395 (1 review)
|Kikapu Podcast 005|
This podcast features tracks from Bubblegone's new album, 'Somewhere Between Summer and Winter.'
Keywords: podcast, electronica, ambient
|Craque - Live on WNUR [kpu014] - Craque|
John Cage once remarked that viewing cracks in a sidewalk interested him as art. The subtexts of a living play. Here to translate the empty spaces: Craque. Recorded live from an improv session on Chicago's WNUR on June 24, 2002; amplified objects and acoustic phenomenon, sampling cross-sections through a block of wood. Listen deeply. Electronic.
|Kaminari Synthesis - Life As A Tree [kpu057] - Kaminari Synthesis|
We're kind of turning full-circle with this release, going back to the sound formula we tend to promote most often, that of an intricate mix of what one might call IDM, bordering on experimental, with plenty of eccentric melody and rhythm work going on during the full course of these tracks. Kaminari Synthesis's output is wholly an amalgamation of electronic and acoustic sounds, as you will notice as you listen to this EP...
|Autistici - A Moment Of Incidentals [kpu064] - autistici|
This rather elaborate EP from autistici rolls just over the half-hour mark, and could really be considered to be one massive piece of the avant-garde. A convincing mix of dark ambient, glitch, drone, and experimentalism that would be impossible to pigeonhole into any single genre, other than the one autistici has created for himself. Perfect for some intense headphone listening, late nights, and the like; we're blown away from these new pieces and hope that you enjoy them just as much as we do.
Downloads: 4,281 (1 review)
|pino the frog - seed comma axiom [kpu080] - pino the frog|
Well-known net.label artist pino the frog, with past notable releases on both Nishi and Please Do Something, offers his first Kikapu release in the form of a remarkable EP that is one half originals, and one half remixes. The first half of the release consists of remixes of Carl Kruger originals by pino himself. These tracks are on an experimental plane with hints of ambience flirting around the percussive elements of the tracks...
Downloads: 5,379 (1 review)
|Silmu - Drum Machine And Slick Rush [kpu028] - Silmu|
Kikapu's good friend, Silmu, has been biding his time in Finland, waiting for the most opportune moment to strike you net.fans out there. He has arrived at the perfect time, with two new tracks for your listening pleasure. Silmu is an electronic artist known for his collaborative work with Mallisto, as well as his solo efforts. This release finds him teaming up with vocalist Keiju on one track, and manning the controls by himself on the other...
|Ernesto Aeroflot - Advice For A Youngster [kpu049] - Ernesto Aeroflot|
A lovely single from our favorite multi-aliased Finn, Ernesto Aeroflot wrote this song as a birthday present for a good friend of his, and was kind enough to share it with all of you. The title tells it all: a constant string of vocal samples run throughout this upbeat track giving, well..advice. Its for all you youngsters out there.
|v/a - coloured lights [kpu078] - v/a|
The long-awaited companion piece to 'lights,' the first release from souns, is now here. 'coloured lights' is a collection of remixes of original material from 'lights,' re-interpreted by a number of amazing artists from around the globe. While many of the artists who supplied remixes for this project are based in souns' city of Vancouver, BC, artists from the US, Europe, and even China are represented here, with most of the faces new to Kikapu...
|Karaoke Tundra - Residence [kpu068] - Karaoke Tundra|
Karaoke Tundra is Victor Tverdochlebov, a musician based in Slovakia, who focuses on a melding of technologies between computerized digitalics and cut-up found sounds. His music is akin to a multitude of microsound artists, as these songs roll along with a smattering of clicks, cuts, beeps, and glitches. But what really separates Karaoke Tundra apart from the rest of the crowd is his innate ability to get your body moving with the funk and hip-hop vibe he creates with all of his available sound ...
|Jizzello - The Epoch EP [kpu002] - Jizzello|
Distorted techno breaks, dirty south-influenced electro-hop, and chirpy down tempo.
|Sieve - Vacuum-Assisted [kpu091] - Sieve|
Sieve is back again with another incredible EP of dark moods and thoughts. 'Vacuum-Assisted' focuses a bit more on the overall texture of each track compared to the beat-heavy electronics of his previous Kikapu release, 'wave/particle.' But don't be fooled, there are still plenty of forceful, brooding rhythms scattered throughout this release, all with a foreboding, inexhaustible feeling to them. Yet this release cuts even deeper into your psyche as you listen, pushing you to the edge.
Downloads: 899 (2 reviews)
|Kino-Glaz - Fifty Year Spectacular [kpu013] - Kino-Glaz|
"You get more pulling power with Kino-Glaz - and new 1952 owner reports prove that Kino-Glaz is breaking economy records right and left! Featuring overdriven basslines and lots of clicks; pull your loads easier - at less cost - with Kino-Glaz!" The amazing Red Antenna music and design collective shines through with this EP of three new tracks and one older track freshly remixed. With hints of dub, minimal techno, and hip hop, their output is always top notch and they definitely don't disappoint ...
|Komsomol - Words and Pictures [kpu012] - Komsomol|
Fortunately for all of you loyal Kikapu net.fans out there, Finnish artist Sami Liuski recently contacted us about releasing this set of tracks that he composed recently. Upon first listen, one can hear the arctic environment of northern Finland that Komsomol calls home. These BoC-esque tracks paint a picture of a sunny winter's day with warm vintage analogue synths and detached human vocal samples...
|Evan Valentine - Ekiv EP [kpu063] - Evan Valentine|
Taking the less is more approach, Evan Valentine's debut Kikapu release is eight tracks, some of them collaborative, of beautiful melodic IDM with a twist of some video game-ish melodies and incredibly complex percussion patterns. While most tracks hover around the two-minute mark, Mr. Valentine does a wonderful job of making his point with the sounds available to him, and not over-packing them with too many layers...
|Vagskal - Springtimes [kpu065] - Vagskal|
It is always an exciting situation when an artist intentionally decides to take a slight detour from what we would think of as their usual sound, or 'voice' if you will. While usually genuine in it's approach, this experimentation in styles can often lead to a compromised product that is not up to their previous standards. Sweden's vÃ¤gskÃ¤l rises above these inconsistent attempts at broadening one's inventiveness with this new four-track EP of uptempo electro-pop...
|Red Lines - Fear of Human Contact [kpu015] - Red Lines|
Brandon Reid Huey offers some music to accompany an image of Isao Yamada and the 50-metre transmission tower he maintains on 12 square miles of desert for unknown reasons. This single is a preview of his upcoming full-length.
|Red Lines - Noon Parachute [kpu022] - Red Lines|
With Red Lines' latest single 'Noon Parachute,' familiar chords cloaked in evocative synth textures along with intricately-constructed percussion pronounce a musical statement of warmth and clarity -- suitable for professional and at-home daydreamers alike. Red Lines (aka Brandon Reid Huey) is currently at work on a construction for volume II of the Uberkids project at Observatory and a long-player collaboration with fellow Kikapu artist Stud...
|Rokoa - Music For Breakfast [kpu034] - Rokoa|
Tom Ka has been releasing .mod and .xm files for years from his humble abode in Wroclaw City in Poland, but this time he has decided to step out from the shadow of his Amiga and produce his first-ever mp3 release as Rokoa. These two tracks really are the perfect soundtrack to one's early morning wake-up, with beautiful melodies that float over some soft glitchy beats, all while putting a big smile on your face.
|Kikapu Podcast 001 - v/a|
Our first podcast features tracks from Eric Laurence, Evan Valentine, Mar.ch, Komsomol, The System Boot, and Spark.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Pocka - There's No Business LIke Propa' Rungleclotted Mashup Bizznizz [kpumix004] - Pocka|
|DJ Abstract - Kikapu Poo Vol. 1 - DJ Abstract|
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay - Six...
|KOSIK - Removable Pieces [kpu039] - KOSIK|
KOSIK is the project of Matt Borghi and Michael Kirson-Goldapper. Raised on the periphery of Detroit, the two life-long friends were exposed to all kinds of music, much of which has been rolled up into their KOSIK project. While the KOSIK project is relatively new, Michael and Matt have been working together for the better part of a decade on a variety of projects, musical and otherwise. KOSIK is the first collaborative project that Michael and Matt have allowed to see the light of day...
Downloads: 2,429 (1 review)
|Winnie The Shit - Hand Driven Episode [kpu077] - Winnie The Shit|
Our old buddy Matty Kraps was kind enough to make a detour from his regularly scheduled programming to lend us an ear to a new take on electronics, under his Winnie The Shit moniker. This album is packed to the brim with 303 lines, hardcore riddims, and some of the heaviest bowel-jarring sub bass known to man. Everything here is overflowing with energy, abrasiveness, bordering on hardcore techno but still keeping it's foot firmly planted in good old, fun dance music...
|Reconstructing Richard - Demeon [kpu043] - Reconstructing Richard|
kh9dERw0n is back at Kikapu with another huge helping of chiptunes. Reconstructing Richard has offered another four track EP that comes with a super-duper collection of remixes of his track "Balance Boy" by a wide variety of artists. On this release you'll hear a mix of video game-influenced noise, techno, melodica, experimental, down tempo, idm, and any other genre that you can come up with. Each remix is different in its own right, making this release undefinable and all-over-the-place...
|Gen_Des_Com - Ready State Machinery [kpu007] - Gen_Des_com|
Welcome to the exhibition, folks. The General Design Commission, aka Gen_Des_Com, aka Red Antenna label-head James Reeves, seeks the clicks of the office, the clangs of the factory, and occasional moments of diplomatic melody. The rationality of his new EP has a seductiveness that operates as a kind of subterfuge, threatening to obscure the human cost of industrialization. Or so they say.